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  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
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  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
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DIY Cleaning Products

Hi everyone! My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over at Design Sponge. This week I’m talking about making your own cleaning products.


We’re gearing up for our big “Nugget Warming” tomorrow. Should be a grand time. Now, if I could only get the pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel syndrome to leave my hands, all would be well. In the meantime, I’ve turned to acupuncture, BenGay, Tiger Balm, rigid nighttime arm braces, ice water soaks, and hand rubs. I might give chiropractic treatments, Rolfing, or whatever else I can find a shot next week. During one of the busiest times of my life before my due date, I’m seriously debilitated by what are basically crippled, frozen feeling hands. If any of you have tips or suggestions for handling carpal tunnel naturally, I’d LOVE to hear about them!

Otherwise, I’ll be back with pictures from our bash. Hope your weekend, whatever it holds, is just as glorious as ours promises to be!!!

*Image from here.

13 Responses to DIY Cleaning Products

  • DarcC says:

    Massage. I had that problem once due to repetitive work and a massage found a knot in my pectoral and one just below my elbow, once they were worked out no more problem!

  • Denise says:

    Warm wax bath might make your hands feel better. Not only does it warm your hands but makes them nice and smooth as well and you can put your feet in it too. I do stretches for my carpal tunnel syndrome though mine is not that bad yet. Taking a break from the usual things you do also helps.

  • Amy says:

    I echo the “take a break from the usual things you do” comment. When I was pregnant (I gained 60 pounds and my son was born at 12 pounds!) I also developed carpal tunnel. Tried acupuncture and wrist braces. The acupuncture didn't seem to help but the braces at night helped a bit. The only thing that made any difference was trying to relax and fill my days with low key activities, acknowledging that time as a time for inner preparation for a new babe. Massage never hurts either! Blessings to you and yours.

  • Amy says:

    I echo the “take a break from the usual things you do” comment. When I was pregnant (I gained 60 pounds and my son was born at 12 pounds!) I also developed carpal tunnel. Tried acupuncture and wrist braces. The acupuncture didn't seem to help but the braces at night helped a bit. The only thing that made any difference was trying to relax and fill my days with low key activities, acknowledging that time as a time for inner preparation for a new babe. Massage never hurts either! Blessings to you and yours.

  • The Mom says:

    I had the same thing with both pregnancies. Don't hate me, but it continued during breastfeeding as well. Whatever makes it feel better for you is best, it will eventually go away.

  • Mamawolf says:

    Two things- massage and Topricin. I have nerve problems in my arm and hand and trigger point massage has been SO helpful. Topricin is a homeopathic pain relief cream that is amazing! The company started out specializing specifically with CTS. The stuff works wonders. Plus, it's totally natural and gentle and the folks who formualted it and run the company are really sweet! The company is Topical Biomedics. Hope you find this helpful and hope you find some relief!!!

  • Mamawolf says:

    Two things- massage and Topricin. Trigger point massage has helped me SO much with nerve issues in my arm and hand. Topricin is a homeopathic pain cream that works wonders! It is gentle and natural and SO effective. Plus the folks who formulated it and run the company are really sweet! The company is Topical Biomedics. If you can't find it in a local store, you can order direct from them. Hope you find this helpful and find some much needed relief!
    Best wishes!

  • I found the best relief for me came from doing a series of wrist stretches from my aikido practice – they seem to be more involved and able to get at more of the wrist than the usual stretches that were suggested to me. There's a list here of some of them that seems to get at the main ideas, since they're a bit hard to explain in text – http://www.aikido-world.com/highlights/technical%20_tips/wrist-list.htm.

  • the mama says:

    I have had chronic tendonitis in both hands, wrists, and forearms since I was 14. It's been under control for years, but flared up again in my third trimester of pregnancy. I echo some of the above commenters: limit your workload. Pregnancy triggers a hormone that loosens your tendons so that the pelvis can stretch to accomodate the baby, so repetitive strain injuries are far easier to develop. Hopefully your pain will dissipate once you give birth, but for now take it easy. Once tendonitis is chronic and severe, it never fully leaves and you have to be careful about how you use your arms for the rest of your life.

    In terms of natural ways of dealing with it, I saw several physiotherapists and occupational therapists who taught me to use my arms differently. It's a matter of transferring the work to larger muscles – from your fingers and wrists and even forearms up to your biceps, shoulders and back. I've found practices such as massage and yoga to help with simple awareness of which muscles I'm using. Posture makes a HUGE difference.

    To end this mammoth comment, one exercise is to hold your fingers close together and then open them as slowly as you can, taking up to 10 minutes to get your hand flat. It feels weird but it trains your muscles to move more smoothly. Good luck!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    while it's not a natural treatment, if it's debilitating you might want to consider getting a cortisone shot so you can get some immediate relief…

  • CTS is a result of the tunnel through which the nerve passes from your fingers up your arm being restricted. It is a very narrow tunnel naturally and if anything causes swelling, this further reduces the opening of this “tunnel” and puts pressure on the nerve. Many pregnant women retain water and “swell” which causes restrictions in this narrow area and this is often the cause of this condition during pregnancy. Anything you can do to reduce the swelling especially by watching your salt, etc. will not only result in overall reduction in swelling of all your extremities (like ankes, etc.) will help with the CTS. And the splints at night @ night.

  • Anonymous says:

    I used to wrap each of my fingers in a full-body cast of packing tape. I could still type, but it kept the knuckles from seizing up.

    Then I quit that job. Because, duh.

  • Kristina says:

    I had debilitating carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy and even past my son's first birthday. I've been taking 100-200mg of B6 daily for over a year now and only occasionally have wrist pain (though it's usually when I've overdone it, like painting for six hours). I'm pretty sure B6 is ok'd for early pregnancy (not sure of the max dosage), but you may want to check it out. It did take about a month for the B6 treatment to start working and my symptoms do come back if I forget to take my vitamins for a few days. Hope you can relax too and feel better soon.